Veterans Day ceremony is Nov. 11 at ECC
Col. Allen Meyer, an Iowa Falls native, will be the guest speaker at a brief Veterans Day ceremony hosted on Monday, Nov. 11, at noon by Ellsworth Community College. All area veterans and friends of the military are invited to attend.
The ceremony will include a flintlock musket salute by members of the 1st Infantry/Ghost Garrison reenactment group, which includes some members of the ECC faculty. The 1st Infantry was stationed at Fort Atkinson in 1843 (Iowa was founded in 1846 during the U.S.-Mexican War); members of the group will wear uniforms from that time period.
The ceremony will be held at noon by the flagpole in front of Gentle Student Center at ECC. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the lobby of Kruse Main Hall.
Col. Meyer enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1982 and received his officer’s commission in 1987. He graduated from Infantry Basic and Advanced Individual Training, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Support Operations Course, Pathfinder Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade level, and previously deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Joint Endeavor (2009-2010). He has served as the United States Property and Fiscal Officer of Iowa since July 2010.
Col. Meyer graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1977 and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s in public administration from Drake University, and a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He and his wife, Lori, live in Johnston.
Veterans Day is an official federal holiday to honor people who have served in the armed services. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919, and it was changed by Congress to Veterans Day in 1954.